Monday, July 9, 2007

Party-Goer Marinated in Gasoline Set Ablaze

7/5/07 -- Norman, OK - Take a note SideBarBog fans... "Do not soak your party guests in gasoline and then joke around with a butane lighter."

Seems in October of 2006 a Moore resident learned that lesson the hard way.

According to court records, and published reports, Michael Allen Eckhoff, 24, was charged in the death of Sampson Levi Evey, 22. This after Evey reportedly tipped over in a chair he was seated in an knocked a container of gasoline over, soaking himself, his clothes and the immediate area.

Eckhoff, who is identified as Evey's cousin, allegedly proceeded to stand over Evey and lit a butane lighter, causing Evey to become engulfed in flames.

As reported by the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, "Witnesses said Eckhoff meant his gesture with the lighter 'as a joke.' In filing the second-degree manslaughter charge, which refers to the killing of someone by the 'culpable negligence of another,' prosecutors probably felt Eckhoff 'should have known better than to hold a lighter next to the victim and light it.'"

Though Evey was taken by helicopter to Baptist Hospital in OKC, he later died of his injuries.

The second-degree manslaughter charge is punishable by imprisonment for not more than four years and not less than two years, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both fine and imprisonment, according to state statutes.

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